Ford’s new Transit Custom, the top-selling one-ton commercial van in Europe, is now available in South Africa, delivering a bold new design, interior enhancements and improved productivity for business. Ford South Africa has announced a new flagship version of its Kombi-rivalling Tourneo Custom people mover, which gains more luxury features as well as a perkier engine. Priced at R637 200, the new 2.2 TDCi Limited model is available exclusively in short wheelbase guise, in contrast to the existing Ambeiente and Trend models, which can only be ordered in long wheelbase format.

The new Limited can be told apart from its aforementioned siblings by full external colour coding, as well as 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside it gets ‘Salerno’ partial leather seat trim, while those perched in the front get seat heating and the driver is treated to 10-way power adjustment. Sporting a bold new front-end design with three-bar Transit grille, Ford’s one-ton van provides drivers with the ideal mobile office environment, featuring a practical cabin that offers superb stowage, along with improved comfort and ergonomics.

It has a dynamic and professional new front-end appearance that shares the same design DNA as Ford’s latest passenger cars, with a high-mounted trapezoidal grille and dynamic, slim headlamps. The latest lighting technologies are available, with high series models featuring distinctive new signature daytime running lights and automatically activated quad-beam halogen headlights. Also standard in the limited model is cruise control, three-row air conditioning, auto headlights, multi-function steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity.

Safety kit includes front, side and full-length curtain airbags, ESP stability control, Hill Launch Assist, Load Adaptive Control, Roll-Over Mitigation and Trailer Sway Control. On that note, a tow bar is also fitted as standard to this vehicle. Outstanding interior stowage is provided with convenient storage compartments located throughout the cabin, including a lidded unit above the instrument panel, large bottle holders on either side of the dashboard, and spacious binnacles within the door panels.

It introduces a range of advanced driver assistance features that share technologies found on Ford’s latest models. Active driving safety is enhanced with the fitment of Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) as standard across the range, incorporating Hill Launch Assist (HLA), Load Adaptive Control (LAC), Roll-Over Mitigation (ROM) and optional Trailer Sway Control (TSC) which is activated with the fitment of a tow bar at a Ford dealer. This is bolstered with ABS brakes including Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

Ford is aiming the vehicle at active families as well as companies seeking an upmarket shuttle bus. It also offers commercial vehicle operators an outstanding breadth of capabilities from a vehicle line-up that includes two wheelbase lengths, two body styles in the three-seater Panel Van or the Kombi Van that provides for seating up to six occupants, as well as three trim levels (Ambiente, Sport and Trend).

By Noni Nchwe